Mikel Arteta tells Mesut Ozil how to win back his place at Arsenal

first_imgMikel Arteta tells Mesut Ozil how to win back his place at Arsenal Mikel Arteta says there were no issues with Mesut Ozil after dropping him from Arsenal’s squad (YouTube/Getty)Mikel Arteta insists Mesut Ozil still has a future at Arsenal and has revealed that the midfielder accepted the decision to be axed for the defeat to Manchester City.Ozil wasn’t even named on the bench as the Gunners sunk to a 3-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.After the match, Arteta claimed that Ozil was left out due to ‘tactical reasons’ but did not elaborate on why the midfielder was not even named on the bench.Arsenal face Brighton in their next Premier League match on Saturday and Arteta has suggested that Ozil could be in contention to return if he proves he is ready to play.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I have been very open with Mesut from day one,’ said Arteta.‘Since I joined I thought that he was fit and he was willing and he wanted to perform at the level that he can do. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 9:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link257Shares Comment Mesut Ozil was left out of Arsenal’s squad for their loss to Manchester City (Getty Images)‘He has played every game with me I think. So that’s it. The moment I see that he is ready again to do that, I will treat him like anybody else.‘I think I have been more than fair with him and I think he has responded in many games the way I want. That’s it.’Asked why Ozil was not ready for the match against City, Arteta replied: ‘A lot has happened to him in the last few weeks and I have to respect the timing of every player that needs sometimes a little bit of time.‘It has been difficult preparation the last two months to get players ready, and again, I am the first one that wants Mesut at the best and I want to put him on the best when he can give his best.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked how Ozil reacted after being dropped, Arteta said: ‘He works very well with me, there were no issues at all.‘My conversation with Mesut is going to remain between him and me.‘What I can tell you is that it was completely fine, an honest and clear conversation, that’s it.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

EPL: Iheanacho fires Leicester to second spot

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Leicester City shook off chastening back-to-back defeats with a 2-1 victory at West Ham United to renew their distant chase of Premier League leaders Liverpool on Saturday. Manager Brendan Rodgers made nine changes from the side that lost 4-0 at home to Liverpool less than 48 hours earlier, but Leicester still had too much for a poor West Ham team with Kelechi Iheanacho and Demarai Gray on target. Gray had an early penalty saved by West Ham’s returning keeper Lukasz Fabianski but Iheanacho headed Leicester into a deserved lead in the 40th minute. West Ham’s one flowing move of the first half saw them level with Pablo Fornals slotting home. Leicester regained the lead in the 56th minute with a superb counter-attack finished off by Gray and the visitors could have won by a bigger margin as West Ham’s relegation worries grew. While Leicester moved four points clear of Manchester City, who they lost to 3-1 last weekend, and reduced Liverpool’s lead to 10 points, West Ham, without a home win since September, remain in 17th spot, one point above the bottom three.Tags: Brendan RodgersKelechi IheanachoLukasz FabianskiManchester CityPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Regal Ronaldo puts Real on verge of Champions League final

first_imgBy Rik SharmaMADRID, Spain (Reuters) -A ruthless Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dazzling hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a crushing 3-0 victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final yesterday.The Portuguese forward put his team on the verge of their third final in four years and took his tally to 103 goals in the competition as he helped Madrid vanquish their near neighbours at the Santiago Bernabeu.It was another demoralising European defeat for Atletico at the hands of Real, who had beaten Diego Simeone’s side in two of the competition’s last three finals.The plaudits, however, belonged once again to Ronaldo, who headed home in the 10th minute after Casemiro’s bouncing cross caught out Atletico’s defence, before the Portuguese put his team on the verge of another final appearance after the break.Karim Benzema set him up to smash home his second on the half-volley in the 73rd minute and he finished from close range with four minutes remaining as Atletico offered little resistance.The visitors’ best chance came during an intense first half, when Kevin Gameiro broke through after 17 minutes but was foiled by Keylor Navas as he tried to round the Madrid goalkeeper.Diego Godin lunged in to divert an Antoine Griezmann free kick inches over the crossbar as Atletico sought an equaliser but after that it was one-way traffic as Madrid imposed their dominance on their neighbours once more in European competition.Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was lucky to escape punishment after crashing his forearm into the back of Lucas Hernandez’s head shortly before halftime, but Atletico’s headache after this defeat will last longer than the Frenchman’s bruise.Simeone’s side did not offer their usual fight in the second half as Madrid killed the game off, and perhaps the tie, with Ronaldo, playing in a centre-forward role alongside Benzema, the executioner.His unstoppable strike from the edge of the box doubled Madrid’s lead and he completed his 42nd hat-trick in a Madrid shirt shortly before the end after good work by substitute Lucas Vazquez.Ronaldo scored all three goals as Madrid beat Atletico by the same scoreline at the Vicente Calderon in La Liga last November and yesterday’s treble means Atletico’s final European game at that stadium next week is now likely to be a sombre affair.last_img read more

Plateau Utd FC Sacks Baraje from Technical Adviser Post

first_imgNPFL… NPFL… NPFL…Seriki Adinoyi in JosThe management of Plateau United Football Club of Jos monday asked its Technical Adviser, Zakary Baraje, ‘to step aside.’ A statement yesterday in Jos signed by the Media Officer of the club, Mr Albert Dakup, noted that the decision became necessary in view of the dwindling performance of the team.It added that as “as an ambitious team determined to make a good impression in the NPFL, the recent performance of the team is unacceptable “.“The club observed a communication gap between the technical adviser and his assistants and even the players which is affecting the success of the team.”The management also lamented that despite the free hand given to the technical adviser, he has not been able to justify the huge confidence reposed on him “by turning the fortunes of the team around to compete favorably with its counterparts in the top flight.‎”According to the statement, former captain of the team, Victor Wickadason, who only returned to the main team recently after several years in the feeder team is to take over as head of the technical crew.“Wickadason is to be assisted by Audu Isa Pele, Moris Longmiap and Tunde Adedara as goal keeper trainer,” the statement concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Markelle Fultz injury update: 76ers guard out indefinitely with thoracic outlet syndrome

first_imgFultz had visited several specialists in the past week and his attorney/agent tells ESPN that this TOS syndrome has been a finding on his neck and shooting shoulder. https://t.co/kQkabp6IIt— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 4, 2018Fultz averaged 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists in the 14 regular season games he appeared in last year. He has played in 19 regular season games in Philadelphia’s current campaign, averaging 8.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and and 3.1 assists. Related News #Sixers pic.twitter.com/e2kk6W9ubv— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) December 4, 2018According to ESPN, the injury affects his neck and shoulder, which has caused his shooting motion to become irregular. He cracked the starting lineup at the beginning of the year, but was moved to the bench after the 76ers acquired Jimmy Butler from the Timberwolves. While his jump shot has improved, he has not produced like people expect a former No. 1 overall pick to. Markelle Fultz has taken a leave of absence from the 76ers to have specialists take a look at his shoulder. The second-year guard sustained the shoulder injury just before his rookie season and the problem was supposedly corrected over the offseason. But that was clearly not the case. The 76ers revealed Tuesday that Fultz has been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and is out indefinitely.  Former teammates of 76ers’ Markelle Fultz discuss his struggleslast_img read more

Hoornstra: MLB’s most visible draft feels like a missed opportunity

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Therein lies a dark cloud hovering over the most visible draft in baseball history. About an hour before the Detroit Tigers were officially on the clock with the first pick, Rob Manfred sat down for questions. The commissioner was asked to address the immediate future of his league, which is embroiled in a public labor dispute between owners and players, over how and when to resume play amidst a global pandemic.“We’re going to play baseball in 2020,” Manfred said. “One hundred percent.”It was a rare moment of clarity. Everything else about the draft feels shrouded in mystery.MLB had previously proposed reducing the number of affiliated minor league teams under its umbrella. Now, some minor league teams are among the many American small businesses merely hoping to stay financially afloat while they’re forced to cancel games. Under the reported terms of MLB’s plan to eliminate 42 minor league teams, the 2021 draft would have been reduced to 20-25 rounds.The net effect is a paradox. After a dramatically shortened 2020 draft, it’s expected that more college baseball players than usual will return in 2021 to play as seniors. (Undrafted players are limited to a $20,000 signing bonus; this will likely lead more high school players to honor college commitments than usual, too.) That means the class of 2021 will be loaded with unprecedented talent. But if that draft lasts 20-25 rounds instead of 40, there will be fewer professional contracts and less money to go around.Related Articles It all adds up to a missed opportunity for the league. The primetime slot on ESPN was only made possible by the absence of other sports, made possible by a virus that spread rapidly across the globe. No baseball executive could control those circumstances.The future of minor league baseball has never looked dimmer, and that is within MLB’s control. The draft class of 2020 faces an unprecedented economic landscape if there are fewer affiliated minor league teams a year fro now. If you could ignore that reality for a few hours Wednesday afternoon, the draft made for a pretty good respite. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield In 2009, MLB moved its draft into a primetime television slot, and aired the first round live from the MLB Network studio in Secaucus, New Jersey. San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg was the big name going into the draft. He and other first-round hopefuls were invited to attend the event in person. The thought was to mimic the more visible drafts in the NFL, NBA and NHL with the time-honored optics of the commissioner handing a young man a uniform. One problem: only one player bothered to attend. He was chosen 25th overall by the Angels, and this isn’t the first thing our grandchildren will hear when we tell them about Mike Trout.Wednesday, the draft moved back to ESPN for the first time since 2008. MLB Network also aired the event in a separate telecast with its own studio hosts. (Rounds 2-5, held Thursday, will air on MLB Network and ESPN2.) That’s given the 2020 draft a larger media platform than any of its predecessors – a necessary step toward approaching the spectacle of the NFL, NBA and NHL events.Of course, everything is weird right now, in sports and in society. When the NFL held its draft in April, commissioner Roger Goodell couldn’t hand over a single jersey because he was sitting in the basement of his home. The stripped-down event unsurprisingly shattered its previous record for television ratings. It was the closest thing to a live North American sporting event anyone had seen since the Covid-19 shutdown began.Little has changed in the last six weeks. In that regard, baseball couldn’t have picked a better time to hold a draft. The last two months have given us Zoom calls in which fans join players face to face. We’ve seen players square off against each other in their own “MLB The Show” league. We haven’t seen actual baseball games since spring training was postponed, but we’ve seen what the sport can produce with ample time to experiment.center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone The draft is no exception. If you tuned in for the first time, you learned it’s shorter than any previous draft – a mere five rounds compared to the usual 40. (There’s nothing sacred about 40. The first draft, in 1965, lasted 26 rounds. In 1969, the draft lasted 90 rounds.) Ostensibly that’s because drafted players have no place to play; ordinarily they would report to a minor-league affiliate after signing a contract. There’s still some question among teams about where to send their new draftees. This is a more manageable problem when drafting five players instead of 40.The first five rounds naturally produce the best, and the most, future major leaguers. But if the absence of other sporting events made this year’s draft more compelling, other forces are acting in the opposite direction.For one, there hasn’t been a single NCAA baseball game since March 12. The road to the College World Series is littered with future stars, many of whom enjoy weeks on national television in May and June to preview their talents. Among the 21 four-year college players chosen in the first round in 2019, seven played in the College World Series.MLB wisely sought to capitalize on this by moving the 2020 draft from Secaucus to Omaha, the site of the College World Series. The draft was supposed to last 40 rounds, ending Friday. The College World Series was supposed to begin Saturday.Then the coronavirus happened.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Finals will continue into Tuesday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, May 11, 2016:Friday•State tennis at Topeka.•Finals 1, 2.Sunday•Graduation, 2 p.m.Monday’s lunch — Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Oven Fries, Baked Beans, Cookie, Mandarin Oranges and Milk.Tuesday’s lunch — Corn Dog, Finger Potatoes, Green Beans, Pineapple and Milk.Today’s News: *Students- Don’t forget to turn in your library books! Any book not returned before locker clean-out will be charged full replacement price.* It’s not too late to sign up for the Spain 2017 Trip! If you are interested please stop by and visit with Mrs. Groom before you leave for the summer. The sooner you sign up, the lower your payments!*The FINALS schedule is as follows:Friday  May 13th- Normal Schedule 1-4 Students not taking finals may leave after 4th hour. Lunch  11:22 – 11:471st      11:52 – 1:332nd       1:38 – 3:10Monday  May 16th 3rd        7:55 – 9:354th        9:40 – 11:17Lunch   11:22 – 11:475th        11:52 -1:336th        1:38  – 3:10Tuesday May 17th7th      7:55 – 9:358th      9:40 – 11:00*Walk a Mile in My Shoes will be held at Lions Club Park on Saturday, May 14 from 9 am until noon. Please come walk to raise awareness for sexism and discrimination. T-shirts are available. Order forms are in the office.Today is National…National Crouton DayNational Apple Pie DayNational Frog Jumping DayNational Blame Someone Else Day.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Officials: Florida Woman Dies in Gunfire Exchange with Deputies

first_imgThe woman was pronounced dead at the scene after being treated by emergency personnel.None of the deputies were injured.The names of those involved have not been released.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation into the shooting. A Florida woman was shot and killed Saturday after firing at sheriff deputies, authorities said.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said in a series of Twitter posts that the woman fled during an investigation in Port Richey.According to authorities, the woman fired a shot at the deputies, who then shot back, striking her once.last_img